I should say that until about three years ago I had never been to NYC. God forbid! I’ve now been four times in reasonably rapid succession and love the place. So it’s not as if I don’t like Manhattan – I’m enamoured by it! Particularly the Meatpacking District, Chelsea and the Village. But chances are you don’t know so much about Williamsburg, as I didn’t my first couple of trips, across in Brooklyn. That’s what this post and pics are about.
Known to the locals as Billysburg it’s a suburb so cutting edge you could trim your Hipster beard on it. It’s the yin to Midtowns yang. Replace out the crush of tourists, power-walking business suits, skyscrapers and gridlocked traffic with low-rise & low-key, cafe lattes and beanies.
Billysburg is a place to meander, explore and unearth. It doesn’t offer icons but should be a mecca for those with a creative leaning. The main thoroughfare Bedford Avenue provides an eclectic mix of bars, eateries and fashion stores and it’s fun to venture off-piste into the side-streets where art galleries and renowned street art await. It’s a sum-of-the-parts kind of suburb.
If the images in this post appeal to you hop on the L Train, head under the East River to Brooklyn, jump off at Bedford Av station and go check it out. You’ll probably either love it or hate it. I don’t think there’s much in between. If you can go on a Sunday (spring – fall) there’s a good market right on the waterfront very worth a look. Details of the Williamsburg Market here. One of the best reasons to visit is the view back across to Manhattan actually.